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977.359 A History of Heyworth 








I.H. S. 






Heyworth Star, Print. 

A History of Heyworth 

I. Historical background of the locality. 

A. Early conquests. 

B. Governmental disputes. 

1. Countries involved. 

II. Nature of the vicinity. 

A. Surface features. 

B'. Animal and plant life. 

III. Inhabitants and first settlers. 

A. Indians. 

B. White men. 

1. Their migration here. 

2. Steps toward establishing homes. 

IV. The Illinois Central Railroad. 

A. Its character. 

B. Date of construction. 

C. First station agents. 

V. Formation of the town. 

A. Reasons for its foundation. 

1. Questions arising, 
a. Parties involved. 

B. Naming the new station, or town. 

1. Questions arising. 

C. Its' incorporation. 

1. Provisions of the charter. 

VI. Schools. 

A. Description. 

B. Location. 

C. Changes in systems. 

D. Provisions under which schools were formed. 

VII. Churches. 

A. Denominations. 

B. Dates when started. 

C. Locations. 

VIII. Newspapers. 

A. Names. 

B. Dates of Circulation. 

C. The management. 

IX. Secret orders, clubs, etc. 

A. Names. 


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B. Dates when' started. 

C. Membership, if known. 
X. Unusual fires, storms, etc. 

A. Dates. 

B. Places. 
XL Robberies. 

A. Dates. 

B. Where staged. 

XII. Early industries and practices. 

A. Manufacturing (milling, etc.) 

B. Business houses. 

1. Names. 

2. Kind of business carried on. 
"C. The annual horse fair. 

D. The utilization of natural gas. 

1. The company. 

2. Source of supply. 

3. Its use and cost. 

4. Dates of introduction and failure. 

XIII. Business houses from a later date to the present time. 

A. Names of classes of business. 

B. Names of firms. 

C. Location (east or west of the I. C. R. R. tracks.) 

D. Approximate dates of beginning in business. 

XIV. Heyworth in the Twentieth Century. 

A. Classifications of improvements. 

1. Branches. 

B. Their utility. 

XV. Summary. 


In this History of Heyworth the author has endeavored to set 
forth an interesting account of the village from its foundation to the 
present time. 

A narration on the possession of the territory in which the town 
now stands was deemed necessary for a more vivid picture of the 
vicinity before settlement days. Consequently, such an introduction 
was placed in advance of the extensive discourse on the town and its 

It is the author's sole intention to- record and interpret the history 
of Heyworth, a task which is very difficult to fully accomplish be- 
cause of varied sources of information and numerous inevitable errors, 
together with other handicaps. He wishes and has tried in every way 
possible not to slight anyone in any way. All notifications of errors 
or corrections will be heartily accepted by the author. 

Much time was spent in interviewing many of the older residents, 
to whom the author is greatly indebted. It was only by their faithful 
attention and cooperation, together with that of the teachers in the 
Heyworth Community High School, that this work was composed for 
presentation to the citizens of Heyworth. 

C. A. M. 


Why was Heyworth brought into existence? The founding of 
Heyworth was one of the multitude of foundations in America re- 
sulting from that ardent desire to seek new homes in the broad and 
fertile lands of the West. In the early part of the Seventeenth Century, 
the English and French started explorations in America. Unlike the 
English, the French moved rapidly westward, following the St. Law- 
rence and Great Lakes. 

In 1671, a Frenchman, St. Lusson, standing at Sault Ste. Marie, 
took possesion of the vast Northwest for France. A few lears later, 
LaSalle passed down the Illinois River, entered the Mississippi, and 
extended France's dominion from the Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. 

England became restless. War broke out between England and 
her competitor in 1689, and lasted till 1763. 

In 1776, the Revolutionary War broke out between England and 
her colonies in America. In 1779, George Rogers Clark of Kentucky 
won the land north of the Ohio River. Many of the original States 
held parts of that region. Parts of the land which is now Illinois, were 
then claimed by the States of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vir- 
ginia. The States later abandoned their claims on this land; at which 
time, July 13, 1787, it was organized by Congress into the Northwest 

The act of organization was called the Northwest Ordinance, and 
placed the territory under a governor and three judges until the popu- 
lation should be large enough for real representative government. The 
present States in the territory were formed one by one, Illinois being 
admitted in 1818. 

Migration steadily moved into the new State, Illinois, at the dawn- 
ing of each day. Some of the settlers travelled across country with 
ox-teams and covered wagons; others floated down the beautiful Ohio 
on flat boats. No doubt their minds were filled with broad visions of 
the vast privileges which lay ahead of them, but it is hardly possible 
that they realized there would someday be a prosperous and thriving 
town, Heyworth, left as a growing monument of their non-tiring efforts. 
They were simply seeking better homes. 


Some of those staunch settlers had a marked influence upon the 
one particular district or settlement in which we are interested — Hey- 
worth. This locality was covered by a heavy growth of timber and 
underbrush which was inhabited by the Kickapoo Indians 1 , and was 
the abode of great numbers of deer, wild turkeys, and packs of large 
gray wolves. Away to the east and south stretched the broad prairies 
with their swamp-lands heavily covered with prairie grass and tra- 
versed by multitudes of prairie chickens and wolves. 

It was to this region that many worthy settlers came; some of 
whom are still prominent figures in the memories of the older citizens. 
There were the Rutledges, Funks, Passwaters, Bishops, Nobles, Karrs, 
Wakefields, and Martins; some of them coming as early as 1824. All 
these families settled in the immediate vicinity of the present village 
of Heyworth. 

Campbell Wakefield was essentially the founder of Heyworth. He 
first came into this region in June, 1835. In the same year, he returned 
to Ohio, and brought his family back to Illinois, travelling with one 
large ox-cart and two horse-teams. He was accompanied by Capt. 
George Martin 3 . Both men followed farming. They were stalwart and 
idealistic figures in the settlement. 

The Wakefield home was made, for the first six years 1 , in a double 
log cabin, the bark being left on the logs. It was located at the 
eastern edge of Heyworth, a short distance east of the present resi- 
dence of C. W. Holforty. 

In December, 1836, a damaging freeze came. On this particular 
day, a gentle rain was falling; suddenly a large black cloud appeared 
in the west, and the temperature began falling at once. The freeze 
was so sudden that chickens were frozen to death in the mud. Such 
a heavy coat of ice was 1 formed on the surface of the earth, and it 
was everywhere so slippery, that when Mr. Wakefield went deer hunt- 
ing, he succeeded in catching the deer with dogs. 

Wakefield later hauled wheat to Chicago, there being no railroad 
through here at that time. In return for his hard labor, he received 
forty or fifty cents per bushel for the wheat. The transportation of the 
grain required several weeks of time. Often storms would swell the 
rivers between here and Chicago, and the farmers would be detained 
for several days. Most of the streams had to be forded. Live-stock 
was often driven overland to Chicago. 

In the course of his achievements, Campbell Wakefield became the 

a Many traces still remain, a very prominent one being the burial 
ground along Kickapoo, north of town. 

Two other families came at the same time, but no record is avail- 
able. The Karrs came about the same time. 

owner of a vast tract of land of which Heyworth now occupies a por- 
tion. He entered some of the land and bought some, and continued 
adding to his original tract until he obtained about fifteen hundred 
acres in one plot. 

Walter Karr, who had settled near the site of Heyworth a year 
before the arrival of Wakefield, took up farming in March, 1834. His 
home was located near the present site of Schoeflfel's meat market. 
The house was surrounded by a heavy growth of thicket and stately 
oak trees; the thicket was almost impenetrable. 

In the course of time and by virtue of the fact that death visits 
all homes, a final resting place was necessitated in the spring of 1835. 

It was during the spring following Mr. Karr's arrival, that his 
little three-years-old boy, Charles, was drowned in a well. Up to this 
time, all burials had been made in the cemetery north of the Grove 1 . 
It was decided that a place of burial must be provided nearer by; so 
the present location was chosen. "Walter Karr's little one was the 
first one laid here to sleep 2 ." James Martin, from Tennessee was the 
second, and a little daughter of Esquire Buck was the third interment. 

Hiram Buck was very prominently identified with the political, 
educational, and agricultural interests in the early history of McLean 
County. He came here to live in 1833. He built a house three hundred 
yards east of the location where Campbell Wakefield settled, two years 

Henry Allen ("Judge") Karr was a prominent esquire in the early 
history of the town. He was the son of Walter Karr who was men- 
tioned above. 


As the population increased and industries began to spring up, it 
was seen that railroads were needed and could be used to great ad- 
vantage. Such was the case in central Illinois. 

"The oldest railroad in McLean County in point of first being 
projected, is the Illinois Central, which was part of the great scheme 
of internal improvements which the State Legislature voted in 1837. 
The State voted its credit to the Illinois Central road to the extent of 
$3,500,000. The building of the road was started when the financial 
catastrophe of 1841 occurred, and its further construction was delayed 
for ten years." 3 

"On September 30, 1850, a law was passed by Congress, donating 
to the State of Illinois, for the use of the Central Railroad, nearly 
2,500,000 acres of public land, the State to dictate the terms on which 
the land was to be granted. The State in turn required by law that the 
Central Road should p ay to the State treasury 7% of its gross receipts. 

'This patch of Timber was called Randolph's Grove, after the first 
white settler here, Gardner Randolph. The cemetery is now known as 
Stewart's Cemetery. 

'History of McLean County, Illinois— LeBaron, 1879. 

3 History of McLean County, Illinois— Hasbrouck, 1924, 

This payment grew as years went on until it reached $1,000,000 per 
year. Afterward, many of the counties, including McLean, complained 
that part of this money received from the Illinois Central, should go 
into the county treasuries of the counties through which the road was 

Six years were required for the construction of the entire road. 
In 1852 and 1853, the road was constructed through the Wakefield 
land. In 1S54, there was only one dwelling on the site of the town; 
it was the log cabin of Capt. Martin, and stood near the spot where 
Dr. Turner's office is now located. "When the cars began running in 
1855, the question immediately arose as to the location of a station 
in the vicinity, for it was known that one would be at some place in 
Randolph's Grove, but it was not easy to find out just where." 2 

'There was an interest at Bishop's 3 , one and one-half miles north 
of the place where Hey worth now stands, wheih it was thought could 
not well be defeated. John Nichols of Bloomington, who was under- 
stood to rely on the influence of General Gridley, a very influential 
factor in the legislature and in getting the railroad through Blooming- 
ton, had purchased a piece of land from Enoch Passvvaters and plat- 
ted a town on it." 2 

A side-track had been put into a gravel bank near-by, for the 

purpose of obtaining gravel for the road bed, and everything looked 
as though the station would be located there 1 . The contest grew lively 
between Wakefield, Funk, and VanOrdstrand on the one side and 
Nichols and his party on the other. Gridley indulged in pointed re- 
marks in regard to the officials of the railroad; then Wakefield im- 
mediately laid off forty acres in the southwest quarter of the south- 
west quarter of Section 34, and at once transferred an individual half 
for the foundation of the town, sufficient for the Presbyterian Church, 
a district school, and also for a depot, side tracks, etc.; the alternate 
lots were given to the railroad. 

The controversy was soon settled as to the location of the station. 
Wakefield had made the final decision for the directors of the road. 
The next steps taken, were toward the establishment of the station and 
postoffice, and the naming of the station. 

Previous to the construction of the railroad, there was no post- 
office located here. In those days the mail was carried from place to 
place by stage coaches. Such a line ran through this vicinity; a sta- 
tion being located in the Short Point neighborhood, about two miles 
southwest of the present village of Heyworth 2 . A hotel was located 
there and the travelers would often remain there overnight. In the 
morning they would set out again with new or different teams of 
horses, and travel till they came to another station where the horses 

"History of McLean County, Illinois— Hasbrouck, 1°24. 

'History of McLean County, Illinois — LeBaron, 1879. 

3 Martin W. Bishop was the owner of a vast tract of land, some 
of which was located in the neighborhood of Heyworth. His home 
was the farm now owned by Spaid's. At one time, he had twelve 
hundred acres, extending nearly to Funk's Grove and Shirley. 


were again exchanged for new and rested ones. Thus, travelling and 
mail transportation were carried on before the days of the railroad. 

After the railroad was built, but prior to the establishment of the 
station, there was no postoffice in' the town. The mail was dropped 
off the train and carried out to Independence, the name of an office 
and general store combined; it was located a short distance west of 
town, on the Squire YanOrdstrand farm, over a half mile west of the 
present Community High School. 

Around the year of 1856, when the new station was named, the 
first postoffice was established in Hey worth; it was located near the 
present site of S. A. Martin's drug store. It burned about the year 
1857. J. C. McFarland later operated his general store, which was 
erected on the same site, in connection with his position as Post- 
master. This building burned in 1860. In 1861, G. M. Delano was 
appointed Postmaster by President Lincoln. He was the father of 
William Delano, the veteran station agent. 

Those interested here called it "Elmwood," but finding that that 
name had been appropriated by a Mr. Phelps in Peoria County long be- 
fore, the President of the Illinois Central proposed to call the new 
station "Heyworth," the name of an English director of the road. 
This was in 1856. It was then seen that the future growth of that 
enterprising little hamlet, Lytleville, located just a few miles north- 
east of Heyworth, would be limited, and many of the natives turned 
their faces and steps toward their new neighbor on the railroad. 

The first station agent in Heyworth was a man by the name of 
Bushnell, the second — William VanOrdstrand, the third — W r illiam 
Ream, the fourth — J. M. Liscom, and the fifth — W r illiam Delano, who 
has served up to a very recent time; he has been in' the employ of the 
I. C. for forty-seven years, and is one of the veteran agents of the 
country. He is now retired. Colonel Ross was the first section fore- 
man. The fourth agent, J. M. Liscom, was the father of A. D. Lis 1 - 
com, who resides in Heyworth at the present time. Mrs. J. M. Liscom, 
whose maiden name was Margaret Ellen Kinzie was born March 3, 
1836, in Chicago. She was the first white child born in that city. She 
w r as an object of much interest, because of the above fact, and was 
offered large sums of money to appear on exhibition, for that reason. 
However she declined from all offers. She passed away in 1909, at 
the age of seventy-t'hree. 

The railroad stimulated trade and aided in the growth of the town. 
Railroads were not so numerous in those days, and stations were few 
and far between. Consequently, the farmers were required to haul 

*Near where Spaid's crossing is now located. Dr. Harrison Noble 
owned the gravel bank. (I. YanOrdstrand was also a prominent early 

2 The old barn still stands on this farm now owned by Joseph 

their grain and' other products to those stations. They would naturally 
take a load of provisions home with them. Such patronage and trade 
induced business men to locate here. People wishing to go to Bloom- 
ington or Clinton, on the train, would come to Heyworth, and, prob- 
ably do some of their shopping here. People who sought homes in 
town would always seek the city on the railroad. Thus the railroad 
was a stimulating factor in the growth of the town and its trade. 

Numerous mishaps are more or less common occurrences on the 
railroad, while a serious disaster happens now and then. The Illinois 
Central bridge across Kickapoo Creek, north of Heyworth, collapsed 
on February 25, 1883, while a freight train was passing over it. Four 
cars went down into the river, and one car of meat, that did not go 
into the river, burned. 

In 1855, before the station was established, O. C. Rutledge pur- 
chased and shipped the first grain ever sent from this point. Only 
wheat was bought at first. It was weighed in bags on a small platform 
scale and carried out to the car which was on the track. The cars were 
small and ten tons was the limit of loading. It was extremely difficult 
to get cars, because of the small number in circulation on the roads; 
they were often loaded at night while the train waited. 

As soon as the station was established, J. C. Frisbee had the 
honor of setting up the first depot; it was an old structure which 
he had moved from some other location. Soon afterward, he took up 
the grain-buying business. 

In 1888. the I. C. was planning on extending their branch road, 
from Leroy on west, through Heyworth. The route was even surveyed, 
but from some cause or other the project failed to materialize. 


After the establishment of the station, Campbell Wakefield made 
several donations to encourage trade and induce business men to locate 
in the new town. He became the proprietor of the new town. Frisbee 
soon afterward platted an addition west of the Wakefield section. The 
town was originally surveyed by Peter Folsom, on July 16, 1857. On 
September 11, 1858, Wakefield platted the village as it now stands. 
He has since laid out and platted his first, second, and third additions 
on the south and east sides of the original town. At a later time, the 
Karr addition was added on the south and west sides of Frisbee's 

Main Street has a peculiar crook in the way it is laid out. The 
Wakefield land which lies mostly east of the I. C. tracks, was sur- 
veyed and the streets laid out so as to run straight with the world, 
east and west; the land on the west side of the tracks was surveyed 
in relation to the railroad. The railroad runs in a northwesterly and 
southeasterly direction. Consequently, there is a bow in the street, 
and the city blocks are not all exactly square or of the same size. 


By Special Act of the Legislature, the village was incorporated 
on March 31, 1869. The charter gave the corporation — which was in 
the hands of five trustees, elected annually, one of whom was elected 
president — all the authority needed to run a city of the first class; 
they were even given the right of borrowing money on the credit of 
the town and lighting the city with gas. They could grant a license 
to sell liquor only upon a vote of legal voters at the annual term 
elections. The question of license had to be submitted each year. 

However, at a later date, saloons were permitted to operate on 
the west side of town, but such has never been the case on the east 
side, for it was placed in the deed for the Wakefield land that all the 
land would go back to the estate if ever used for such purposes. 

From one source of information it was found that up to the year 
of 1879, a license permitting the sale of liquor had never been voted 
in the affirmative. In that year the Town Board was as follows: A. R. 
Nickerson, J. J. Hancock, J. B. Rutledge, William Marker, and C. 

At the present time (1926), the Village Board is as follows: David 
Ryburn — President, Irl A. Cruikshan'k — Clerk. 

Trustees: O. L. Weaver, C. W. Miller, A. L. Graupman, E. O. 
Washburn, J. H. Humes, Harry Cruikshank. 

The following are the national census reports of Heyworth for 
every decade since its incorporation. 

U. S. Census report in 1870 was 1 900 inhabitants; U. S. Census 
report in 1880 was 560 inhabitants; U. S. Census report in 1S90 was 566 
inhabitants: U. S. Census report in 1900 was 683 inhabitants; U. S. 
Census report in 1910 was 6S1 inhabitants; U. S. Census report in 1920 
was 851 inhabitants. 


In all branches of progress, whether made by the individual, state, 
or nation, the higher attainments can be achieved only by the intro- 
duction and application of that mental agency — education. Such was 
the ideal which the early settlers strove to establish and encourage. 

Even such far-sighted men as Jefferson realized the magnitude of 
the crops, which would be reaped from the golden opportunity, given 
the settlers, in the new lands; namely, the advantage of an ample and 
free education for their children. Therefore, Jefferson was a sturdy 
supporter of the Ordinance of 1787, which provided, in the North- 
west Territory, among other things, for reservations of land for public 
school purposes. The provision gave to each State, territory equivalent 
to one township for a seminary and every section numbered 16 for 
school purposes-; that is, one-thirty-sixth of all the land, for public 

In the year 1838, after plans were laid for homes in this new 
country and in the vicinity of Heyworth, attention was turned toward 


providing for instruction of the children. 

The first pioneer "academy" was a hewed log house north and east 
of the Funk homestead, a little over a mile east of Heyworth. It had 
a large fireplace, puncheon floor, and rustic furniture; neatly hewed 
slabs, with legs, were used for seats and desks. The sponsors of this 
institution were: Jesse Funk, Thomas O. Rutledge, Campbell Wake- 
field, and George Martin. Some of the boys who spent their juvenile 
days here were: J. W. Funk, H. A. Karr, J. E. Wakefield, and Joseph 
and A. C. Martin. The teachers were: Thomas Dunham, Miss Mary 
Elder, William Leeper, and J. W. Burrows. 

The second school, which was near the old Wakefield homestead, 
was a double cabin vacated by Campbell Wakefield. It was used for 
two terms. A Mr. Conklin taught the first term, and William Reeves 
the second. 

"For some reason, the educational institutions were migratory. 
School, the next term, was held in the large barn of the J. E. Wake- 
field homestead, now owned by Dr. F. L. Wakefield; it is located about 
a quarter of a mile east of Heyworth. There was but one term here 
and Isaac Hougham was the teacher. He divided his time between 
taming the wild prairie and wedding the birch. He helped with the 
hard "sums," often appearing as a bootless as well as sockless pro- 
fessor 1 ." 

"The fourth school was a frame building owned by Jessee Funk 
and brought in from the prairie and located in the western border of 
the Funk timber'." It was located a mile east of Heyworth. "Around 
this school were many exciting memories of 'hookey' in which the 
students were wont to chase rabbits and other game, and the next day 
receive their reward in the way of an old-fashioned iicken.' Among 
the masters whose frowns and commands struct terror in the hearts of 
the guilty were: William Willson, Peter Folsom, Joseph Macon, and 
William Joslin." 

Later, school was held across Kickapoo, north of town'; the first 
school house was the Cisco cabin, but soon afterward a new building 
was erected on the Dr. Noble land. Dr. Harrison Noble and Samuel 
J. Reader were deeply interested in this school and sponsored it. 

The gradual increase in population made another school house 
imperative. In 1853, a new building was erected on the I. VanOrd- 
strand farm, a little over a quarter of a mile west of Heyworth, just 
out of the village corporation limits; it was known as the Locust Grove 
School. Here, modern text-books and ideas were used. Among the 
teachers here were: J. R. Burrows, O. C. Rutledge, Emma Elder, 
Miss Maggie Leeper, and others. 

In 1858, this school was removed to the eastern part of Heyworth, 
where the Willis property is now located. It was used as a school 
until 1866; at which time, the present district was incorporated. 

Another building, known as the Reader School, was erected op- 
posite the Frank Romine residence, one mile west and one-fourth mile 

'Transactions of the McLean County Historical Society and School 
Record of McLean County, With Other Papers— Vol. II, 1903, Pages 


south of Hcyworth, at the removal of school above described. This 
building was also moved to Heyworth in 1866, and used as a dwelling 
in the north part of town. It is still used as a dwelling. 

In 1S63, a new building was provided for a district embracing the 
western side of Heyworth; the first teacher was a Mr. Austin and the 
second, Mr. James. This west side district was also absorbed by the 
Heyworth school district in 1866. It remains in its old location, being 
the dwelling opposite the Christian Church, on the west. 

These schools were supported by public funds. The salaries of the 
teachers ranged from twenty to twenty-five dollars per month. The 
three R's were the principal subjects taught in the earlier days. Much 
pleasure was added to school life in those days when the older folks 
took part in spelling bees, and singing schools were held. 

The building erected in 1865 was 36 ft. by 65 ft., two stories, and 
cost about $5,000. It stood where the present grade school building 
stands. A separate building was provided for the primary department; 
this building was formerly the first Presbyterian Church. It was 
located in the northwest corner of the school yard. There were four 
grades: grammar, first and second intermediate, and primary. School 
was held four months in the winter and two months in the summer. 
The average attendance in 1879 was 185, in the winter, and 132 in the 

The present incorporated district was organized on March 20, 1867, 
as district number 2. Under the special charter granted by the Legis- 
lature of Illinois on March 5, 1867, there were seven directors, one 
going out each year. The promoters of the organization were: C. 
Wakefield, Dr. H. Noble, Samuel Hill, John Kelley, I. VanOrdstrand, 
R. G. Laughlin, M. Millinns, and Francis M. Philbrook. The latter 
seven were named in the charter. 

The successive superintendents up to the time the high school was 
started were: W. L. Glover in the year 1866-67; C. A. Laus in the year 
1867 (spring); D. C. Clark in the year 1867-68; S. H. Stephenson in the 
year 1868-70; A. G. Scott in the year 1870-71; J. R. McGreggor in the 
year 1871-73; J. E. Jewett in the year 1873-75; L. B. Wadsworth in the 
year 1875-76; A. M. Scott in the year 1876-78. 

The district contains about 6338 acres; this is a little less than 
ten sections 1 . 

As soon as this district was incorporated, it was organized as a 
graded school, with W. L. Glover as principal. Many of the young 
men, just out of the army, were given an opportunity to take up their 
interrupted work, and a large attendance was at once assured. For 
the year ending September 30, 1873, there were one hundred ninety- 
four pupils in' this school. 

'Transactions of the McLean County Historical Society and School 
Record of McLean County, With Other Papers— Vol. II, 1903, Pages 


About 1S76, the high school department was started. The higher 
branches taught were: Algebra, natural sciences, and rhetoric. The first 
class to graduate from the Heyworth High School was the class of 
1878. The superintendent was A. M. Scott. The members of the 
class were: Delia McCorkle, George D. Chadderan, Jodie Dill, Lyon 
Karr, and Orvil J. Rodgers. 

A new brick building was built in 1898, at the cost of $14,000, and 
is still standing, being used for the grades. The building committee 
was composed of Drs. W. Hill and Miller. The present district num- 
ber 16, having been changed about 1900 from District number 2. The 
Board of Education is (1926) made up of the following members: 
Charles Ryburn — President, Mrs. Herbert Stewart — Clerk, William De- 
lano, E. S. Washburn, Mrs. J. P. Shelton, F. A. Ball, and T. W. 

The early attendance of the grade school was approximately the 
same as the present number, often exceeding the present limit. 

The new community High School, district number 377, was or- 
ganized under the regular Community High School Law in 1920. 

The new building was erected in 1921. There are $125,000 invested 
in bonds which retire by 193S. There are approximately sixty square 
miles in the district. The assessed valuation of the school district is 
approximately $2,400,0€0. 

Heyworth Community High School is accredited by the University 
of Illinois and recognized by the State Department of Public Instruc- 
tion. The Course of Study consists of the following branches or 
courses: College Preparatory, Home Economics, Manual Training, 
Agriculture, and Commercial. 

The average number of students enrolled each year, since the 
organization of the Community District, has centered around one 
hundred. In September, 1925 there were one hundred eight enrolled 
for the school year, 1925-1926. 

The present (1926) Board of Education is composed of the fol- 
lowing people: Charles Ryburn — President, Ralph Jones — Secretary, 
A. M. Reed, Walter Nichols, and Elmer Fulton. 

In connection' with both the grade and high school, the School 
and Community Club was organized in 1915. Its purpose is to foster 
closer relation between the homes and the schools. It has made several 
worthy contributions to the schools. 


The church is the foster parent of brotherly love. Probably love 
is the predecessor of success, which can be honorably and faultlessly 
attained only through the support resulting from moral force. The 
early settlers realized the fortitude of a foundation established in such 
a way, and strove to increase its power. 


Churches soon sprang up where the settlers took up their homes. 
The Presbyterian Sabbath School was started by the Wakefields and 
Mrs. Hannah Elder, in 1838. The meetings were held in the homes. 
The Randolph Grove Presbyterian' Church was organized on March 9. 
1844, by Rev. Josiah Porter, of Waynesville. There were twelve mem- 
bers, all of whom were received by letter from churches in the western 
part of Hamilton County, Ohio. "The original members were: Camp- 
bell Wakefield and Margaret, his wife, J. M. Wakefield and Nancy, 
his wife, Homer Buck and Mary, his wife, Robert Spence and Anna, 
his wife, John Finnie and Elizabeth, his wife, Mrs. Margaret Karr, and 
Mrs. Hannah Elder." 1 This was the first church organization in the 

"For a year or two, Mr. Porter continued to serve the little church, 
preaching in the east room of the Wakefield home where the organiza- 
tion had been affected. In 1848, Rev. D. I. Perry was engaged to 
preach once a month, which engagement continued two years. After 
him, Rev. A. H. Rogers, of Waynesville, was employed for two years, 
one-fourth of his time." 1 Church, like Sabbath School, was also held 
in the homes, it being for a period of nine years. 

The first church was built in 1853, at a cost of $900, and dedi- 
cated in May by Rev. F. N. Ewing, of Bloomington. The lumber 
for the building was hauled from Peoria. The church was later used 
as a primary school, and was' located in the northeast corner of the 
present grade school yard. After the construction of the church, the 
successive pastors were: Revs. J. H. Moore (from 1853 till the fall 
of 1854), S. H. Stevenson (from August, 1855 till April, 1863), John 
Wilson (from October, 1863 till the spring of 1865), and A. L. Knox 
(from January, 1866 till October, 1870). During Rev. Knox's term 
here, which continued to 1870, the church increased to 121 members. 
The present parsonage was built in 1866, at a cost of about $1,800. 

The next house of worship was erected in 1870. It was a two- 
story struclure, 38 ft. by 70 ft., and the cost, including the bell, was 
$9,000. It was dedicated on July 10, 1870, by Rev. I. N. Cornelison. 
Rev. W. R. Glenn was the pastor for one year, and was followed by 
Rev. H. R. Peairs, who served from April, 1873, till 1882. Rev. W. 
P. Gibson followed, from the fall of 1882 till the fall of 1884. Rev. 
A. J. Herries became pastor of the church from the fall of 1885 till 

'History of McLean County, Illinois— Wm. LeBaron, Jr.— 1879. 


the spring of 1887. Rev. Geo. B. Black supplied the church from May, 
1887, till April, 1888. Rev. R. E. Anderson began his labors in Novem- 
ber, 1888, and continued till November, 1899. 

This building^the second house of worship, was destroyed by fire 
on the morning of March 9, 1896. The ground was broken for the 
present building on' July 9, and the first stone of the foundation laid 
August 4, 1896. It was dedicated by Rev. Anderson on January 17, 
1897. A large pipe organ was installed in 1912. The membership is 
now made up of about 300 people, although there were only twelve 
original members. There was a considerable increase between the years 
of 1844 and 1926 (82 years). 

In" the early days, not all the people attended church in town, so 
places of worship were provided in the country districts. These 
churches were usually branches of the church of the same denomination 
located in a near-by town. Such was the case in regard to the Hey- 
worth churches. The pastors would serve both the town church and 
its tributary churches. 

The Heyworth Presbyterian Church had a tributary church, al- 
though it (the branch church) was in the Bloomington' Presbytery. 
The name of this church was "Mount Carmel." It was organized 
about 1890, and the building was dedicated by Rev. R. E. Anderson, 
on December 7, 1890. There was a large number of members con- 
nected with Mount Carmel. It has disbanded in' the last few years, 
and many of the members have transferred their membership to town 
churches. The membership was so great at one time, that not all the 
members could crowd into the meeting house on some occasions. The 
building was located five miles east of Heyworth and one mile north. 


Though there was only one Methodist Episcopal Church in Hey- 
worth, in the early days, there were three others in Randolph Town- 
ship, and they were all more or less united, especially from a historical 
standpoint. The Methodists were very active in the Grove. The early 
places of meeting of the Randolph Grove Circuit were usually at the 
near-by school houses, where the Heyworth Church, the Shiloh Church, 
and Wesley Chapel now stand. There was also a church called the 
Sparta Church, which was located near the site of the present Sparta 
school, east of Randolph. 

In 1853, the Rev. Mr. Carlos was the pastor at these several 
appointments; the following year, Rev. Mr. O'Neill, and after him, the 
Rev. Mr. Barthlow; others followed whose names cannot be learned. 

*In 1863, Rev. Mr. Hendall was sent to this circuit, and was instru- 
mental in building the Shiloh Church, which is located about four miles 
northeast of Heyworth. The following year Rev. Thomas E. Wam- 
sley was on the circuit, and started the matter of building churches 
at the other appointments. The previous year he had been engage d in 

'History of McLean County Illinois — Win. LeBaron, Jr. — 1879. 


completing the church at Wapella, and thought all things were pos- 
sible. Several attempts to build the church at Heyworth had been made, 
and only ended in talk. 

" 'Father' Wamsley got a subscription paper, and went through 
the usual form of getting signatures. He then hired a man to lay 
the foundation, and engaged the material for building, and then there 
was no alternative but to collect what had been subscribed. The people 
took hold very liberally, and a good, substantial building, 34 ft. by 
50 ft., with belfry, spire and bell, was erected at a cost of about $3,030. 
This was in 1864. In 1S65, under 'Father' Wamsley's ministration and 
energetic spirit, Wesley Chapel was built on the land of Jonathan 
Houser, on the southeast corner of Section 16, at a cost of about 
$2,8GO." 1 Mr. Houser, John Rust, and George Crookshank were effi- 
cient sponsors of this enterprise. 

"The following year, 1866, Rev. C. D. James had charge of the 
circuit, and Rev. Wamsley was his assistant." 1 This year, Sparta 
Church was built in the southeast part of Section 11, northeast of 
Heyworth. A. M. Stringfield, Albert Welch, E. J. Moore, and Mr. 
Ijams were liberal sponsors of this work. 

The early circuit preachers, after the foundation of the Chapel 
were: Cornelius Bradshaw, S. Martin, Arthur Bradshaw, Thomas Sim- 
mons, Messrs. Lattimer, Sail, Joseph Long, McCoy, and John Enerly. 
The circuit belonged to Bloomington District of the Illinois Con- 
ference. During the Civil War, there were few ministers here; many 
were with the army. For a time, Rev. Wamsley was about the only 
ordained minister in this vicinity. He became widely known, and made 
his prominence more marked by ever increasing his acquaintance. How- 
ever, at this time, the Sabbath Schools were well maintained. 

Previous to the Civil War, the Methodist Church, throughout the 
country, differed in its ideas regarding slavery. This led to a division 
in the church and the forming of the "South" Methodist Church. This 
same question divided the church of Heyworth, and a "South" Meth- 
odist Church was formed about 1870, which erected a building 32 ft. 
by 46 ft., at the cost of $2,500. It was located about three blocks 
north of the M. E. Church. It was organized by Rev. Smithson, and 
belonged to the Pana District. Rev. Mr. Lawrence was the preacher 
at the time of the dedication' of the church. Later, Wm. Howard was 
Presiding Elder and officiated. A. Hocker and M. Crews also preached 
here. This church broke up about 1883, because of lack of membership. 

'History of McLean County, Illinois — Wm. LeBarou, Jr.— 1879. 


Elder S. Stagner, who had performed efficient duties for the 
Christian Church in this part of the county, held meetings here and 
baptized about thirty members into the church. In 1870', the church 
was formed. A building was erected the next year, at a cost of about 
$2,000, being 34 ft. by 50 ft., in size. The building committee was com- 
posed of John VanOrdstrand, Albert Nickerson, and John Short. The 
church was dedicated in the fall of 1871, by Rev. Van Buskirk. Elder 


Harry Vandervoort preached for one year. J. C. Campbell, S. Low, 
and Jefferson Hodson also worked here. A Sabbath School was main- 
tained irregularly. 

The present church was dedicated by Rev. F. M. Reams on Sep- 
tember 9, 1906. The number of charter members was about 30, in 
1870. Now, the membership is made up of about 225 active members; 
a substantial increase in 56 years. 

In the first years of the church history of this vicinity, people of 
different beliefs or creeds were all striving to establish their par- 
ticular faith. The churches were scattered over the countryside, being 
usually situated in' neighborhoods whose inhabitants attended those 
particular churches. The churches were mostly arranged in circuits 
and districts. 

Now, all these ideas of competition and grudgery have disappeared, 
or if not, they are passing out swiftly. Brotherliness is a character- 
istic enjoyed by the citizens, and by the members of the churches of 
Heyworth. Few towns over the country have peaceful conditions ex- 
isting between the churches. Heyworth is rather pleased with the fact 
that such an atmosphere hovers over the town. Now, if the country 
people attend church at all, they go to the town or city; the country 
church is almost a thing of the past (with a few exceptions). Now, 
almost every church has a minister, thus eliminating the circuits. 

After all, the churches of Heyworth have had a rather clear record 
and have cooperated peacefully through all the years of their existance. 
They have progressed satisfactorily and have survived honorably thus 


When people make a new settlement in a new land, news of any 
kind is usually sought and cherished by all those in the camp. As the 
settlement grows, an agency is provided by which the news and happen- 
ings are broadcast among its citizens. As industry and business grows, 
advertising becomes necessary as an aid for the continuance of this 

Such a condition existed in and around Heyworth in its days of 
infancy; a printing establishment was badly needed. It was not until 
January 21, 1882, that the first Heyworth paper went to press. (A 
copy of the first edition lies secluded in the cornerstone of the present 
M. E. Church.) The name of this paper was The Weekly Standard. 
It was in circulation during the period between the above date and 
January, 1889. D. A. Creed was proprietor and Hugh Robb was edi- 
tor. The mechanical work was done in Bloomington. 

The following are some items contained in the first edition of the 
Standard, dated January 21, 1882, as quoted from the Heyworth Nat- 
ural Gas in the edition of January 24, 1908; 


"There has not been a single theatrical troupe in Heyworth this 
season. (The same can be said of Heyworth now.) 

"Ferry YanA'aley and Will Clanahan have bought Ezra Claflin's 
corn sheller. 

"George Newall warns the boys to keep away from Clay Hill or he 
will lay for them. 

"James Butterworth, of Wapella, welcomed the appearance of an 
eleven pound boy this week. 

"R. W. Orr, G. W. Marker and J. M. Liscom went to Clinton 
Tuesday night to a Masonic lodge. 

"It is confidently whispered that Marsh Kenton is soon to enter 
the holy bonds of matrimony. 

"We'll bet Heyworth contains more pretty girls than any other 
village of its size in McLean County. (How about them now?) 

"Oliver Rutledge smiles. He says his name is Alexander the 
Great, and he weighs eight pounds. 

"The section men are putting about twenty car loads of gravel in 
the stock yards here, which is quite an improvement. (About the same 
number of cars of gravel could now be used in the same place to a 
good advantage.) 

"Mrs. Smilie Robertshaw, of Gibson City, who has been visiting 
friends- here, returned to her home a few days ago. 

"Charlie Lake says he won't be 'one of the boys' much longer. 
Single life is evidently getting monotonous to him. 

"U. S. Ellsworth, better known as 'Bud', of the firm of W. W. 
Elder & Co., grocers, has bought out Mr. Elder's interest in the store. 

"Scott Arnold, of Bloo'r.ington, is putting up a room near the 
harness shop for agricultural implements. John Washburn is his agent 
for this place. 

"Dr. Parke, of Bloomington, was here Thursday to consult Dr. 
McFarland in case of Mrs. D. Houghman, of Lytleville, who has a 
cancer on her face. 

"John H. Swearingen, who lived three miles south of here, died 
last Monday noon and was buried in Sugar Grove cemetery. Mr. 
Swearingen was one of the old settlers 1 of Long Point. 

"A few days ago a stock dealer from the southern part of the state 
visited our town. He put up at the hotel and made some inquiries 
about his friend, O. C. Rutledge, (who by the way is our supervisor.) 
The landlord sent his son to tell Mr. Rutledge that there was a man at 
the hotel who wished to see him. Mr. Rutledge supposed it was some 
poor fellow who needed some help, and sent word back to give him 
something to eat and the policeman would furnish him a place to sleep. 
The gentleman not needing the proffered help, called on Mr. Rutledge 
himself, when, of course, apologies were in order and they had a good 
laugh over it." 

In an issue of Saturday, September 30, 1882, appeared the follow- 
ing Heyworth Church Directory: 

M. E. Church. South — Preaching every alternate Sabbath at 11 
A. M. and 7:45 P. M. Sabbath School at 3 P. M., followed immediately 
by class meeting. Prayer meeting every Thursday night at 7:45. 

Presbyterian Church — Services at 11 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. Sab- 
bath School at 9:30 A. M. 

W. F. Gibson, Pastor. 

Christian Church — 'Preaching on the Second and Fourth Sabbath 
of each month at 11 A. M. and 7 P. M. 

G. W. Minier, Pastor. 

M. E. Church — Services every alternate Sabbath at 11 A. M., and 


every Sabbath at 7:30. Sabbath School every Sabbath at 9:20 A. M. 

James C. Keller, Pastor. 
The following is the lodge directory of that time: 

I. O. G. T. — Meets in Masonic Hall on Tuesday evening of each 
week. Mrs. A. E. VanOrdstrand, W. C. T. Mattie Nickerson, W. S. 

I. O. O. F. No. 483 — Meets every Friday evening. Geo. Uhrich, 
N. G. Jno T. Shannon, Sec. 

A. F. and A. M., No. 251 — Meets 1st, and 3rd Saturdays of each 
month. J. M. Liscom, W. M., Jno. T. Shannon, Sec. 

In the same edition of September 30, 1882, also appeared the fol- 
lowing article: 

Railroad Time-table 


Trains Pass Heyworth 

(Going North) 

Passenger, No. 2 7:32 a.m. 

Passenger, No. 4 5:47 p.m. 

Freight, No. 8 7:05 a.m. 

Freight, No. 12 , 1:42 p.m. 

(Going South) 

Passenger, No. 1 3:37 p.m. 

Passenger, No. 3 8:26 a.m. 

Freight, No. 11 6:08 a.m. 

Freight, No. 13 6:25 p. m. 

J. M. Liscom, Agent. 

In a standard of Saturday, November 18, 1882, an item stated that 
the telegraph wire was put up through Heyworth on Monday, but the 
instruments had not yet been' installed. 

The second paper was the Heyworth Reporter, and was published 
between the years of 1892 and 1898. Frank Stackhouse was proprietor 
and J. A. Laswell was editor. The following article was taken from 
a copy of the Heyworth Reporter dated Saturday, October 29, 1892: 

Secret Societies 

HEYWORTH LODGE, No. 251, A. F. & A. M. meets Masonic 
hall, regular meeting on or before full moon of each month. R. G. 
Lock, W. M. H. A. Karr, Sec'y. 

WILLIAM McCOLLOGH CAMT, No. 230, S. V. meets in 
Chandler's Hall. Regular meetings 2nd and 4th Friday nights of each 
month. Hugh Stewart, Com. E. H. McFarland, Adjt. 

HEYWORTH LODGE, No. 483, I. O. p. F. meets in Odd Fel- 
lows Hall. Regular meetings on Friday evening of each week. Wm. 
Plumly, N. G. G. A. Hull, Sec'y. 

KICKAPOO CAMP, Modern Woodman of America, meets in 
Masonic hall on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. G. A. Hull, V. C. 
C. W. McComb, clerk. 

ROBERT T. HARVEY POST, No. 606, G. A. R., meets in 
Chandler's Hall. Regular meetings second and fourth Tuesday nights 
of each month. A Hull, Com. John T. Shannon, Adjt. 

LADIES' AID SOCIETY, auxiliary to G. A. R., meets on first 
and third Tuesdays of each month, at Chandler Hall. Mary Martin, 
Pres. Ela Austin, Sec'y. 

RURAL LODGE, No. 101, D. of R. Meets in I. O. O. F. Hall 
first and third Thursday nights of each month. Jennie Hull, N. G. 
Mary Uhrich, Sec. 


The third paper was the "Heyworth Natural Gas." It was the suc- 
cessor to the "Reporter," and J. A. Laswell was both proprietor and 

Later, S. M. Drum was editor and proprietor. He was succeeded 
by A. O. McDowell, who continued as proprietor and editor until 1923, 
when P. A. Chapman took possession. He altered the name of the 
paper, from that of the Natural Gas, to the Heyworth Star. In the 
fall of 1925, Mr. Chapman sold out to Frank Woolley, who continues 
to serve the public at the present time. A new Linotype was installed 
in December 1915, to enable the firm to better serve its subscribers. 

After all these years, numbering forty-five, the Heyworth paper 
still is enjoyed and scanned from top to bottom each week, by the 
local citizens as well as by many who live away from here. The vil- 
lage was incorporated fifty-seven years ago, and the paper has been in 
circulation the greater part of that time. It has been a valuable medium 
in keeping people who have resided here, in touch with the home town. 
The town would be incomplete without its printing establishment. 


The Masonic Lodge— No. 251, was chartered in 1856, with six 

The Odd Fellows— No. 483, was formed in 1872, with five members. 

The Good Templars was instituted on December 21, 1874, with 
twenty-seven members. 

The Encampment — No. 168, was formed in 1875, with eight mem- 

The Knights of Pythias— No. 442, was organized on July 10, 1895. 
An associate branch of this order was also formed here. It was known 
as the Bertoni Company ot the Illinois Brigade of the Uniform Rank 
of Illinois. 

The Modern Woodmen of America — No. 818, was organized in 1889. 
The Court of Honor — No 176, was organized on September 22, 
1896, with one hundred seventy-six members. 

The Robert T. Harvey Post, G. A. R.— No. 606, was organized 
about 1884. 

The William McCollogh Camp— No. 230, S. V., was organized 
about 1885. 

The Carl E. Miller Post, American Legion, was organized on 
March 28, 1921, with thirty-eight members. 

The Good Templars, the Encampment, the G. A. R. Post, and the 
Sons of Veterans have disbanded some years since. Some of these 
orders have united with the same organizations in other near-by towns. 
Most of these orders have, or have had, associate orders for women. 


The Woman's Club was organized in January, 1906. 

Y. T. C. S. — Ye Twentieth Century Spinsters — was organized in 

S. K. C. — Skidoo Kids Club — was organized in" 1907. 

The Modern Priscilla Club was organized in 1909. 

The Mystic Circle was organized 1912. 

The Happy Hour Club was organized in 1918. 

There have also been many church societies in Hey worth; some 
of these continue to have meetings at the present time. 

The Heyworth Shooting Club was organized in 1885. 

The Boosters Club was organized in 1917. 


In the history of Heyworth, certain natural agents have made 
their infrequent appearance, to seemingly destroy the few accomplish- 
ments toward which the citizens have struggled and tirelessly labored 
to perfect. This apprehension is not true in all senses of the idea. The 
destruction of the old attainments, means a revival and rebirth toward 
the new; thus making progress the immediate result. 

Such has been the case in the growth of Heyworth. Her growth 
has seemingly been marred several times by fire; always having mostly 
recovered and been built up again. Her main street is now lined with 
good substantial business buildings; most all being fireproof structures. 

Together with fires and storms, other phenomena have made their 
appearance here. Of course these were not confined to this particular 
locality alone. 


On October 23, 1S9S, the elevator on Main Street, where the 
Hasenwinkle Elevator now stands, was destroyed by fire. The flames 
crossed the street and set fire to the lumber yard. The fire moved 
westward and destroyed all the buildings in the block. If it had not 
been for J. L. Pumphrey's quick thought to fan out a small blaze, with 
his hat, on the roof of the building across the street, west, the entire 
southwest part of town might have been destroyed. A bucket brigade 
was the only agency in' existence to combat flames. 

On January 16, 1906, the entire business district on the north side 
of Main Street and west of the I. C. tracks, was destroyed by fire. 
The erection of new buildings was started at once, when new plans 
were made. 

October 28, 1906, saw a great fire across the street from that of 
January 16, of the same year. The Raymond Opera burned (where 
the Community Hall is now located), together with the three-story 
Edgar Hotel, which was of brick construction, and several other busi- 
ness houses. Among those burned out were: F. H. Hill — drug store, 


W. H. Bell— grocery, Charles Ream— flour, meal, etc., J. D. Greenlee— 
hardware and implements, and Charles Schoeffel — meat market. The 
total loss of the entire fire was in the neighborhood of $34,000. The fire 
stopped at the Battershell building. 

In January, 1913, another fire occurred on this corner. E. S. Wash- 
burn had a grocery store on the ground floor, and the apartments 
above were occupied as dwellings by Dr. and Mrs. Bard Wakefield 
and Dr. and Mrs. F. W. Day. Dr. Day had his dentistry establish- 
ment on the second floor also. 

This particular corner had been the scene of fires back in the 
earlier days of the town. 

A regular fire department was organized when the fire truck was 
purchased by the town in 1919. L. T. Rutledge was appointed Chief, 
and other assistants were appointed. 

The present members of the fire squad are as follows: Fred Ewert, 
J. A. VanNess, Russel Yanney, and John Perry. Of course other help 
will be pressed into service when needed. 


On Monday, March 27, 1876, a large snow fell. All the yard fences 
were covered and the snow was badly drifted. It was approximately 
four feet deep. It commenced falling on Monday evening and continued 
to do so until Wednesday morning. The snow lasted for three weeks. 
At the end of that time, the farmers were able to sow oats, but they 
could not get near the hedges on account of the drifts. 

On February 1, 1883, came the largest sleet storm on record. The 
timber lands were almost ruined. They never totally recovered from 
their devastation up to the time of the last heavy sleet, in 1924. The 
sleet which came on December 17, 1924, was next greatest, and was 
also very destructive because of new and modern improvements-, which 
were not here in 1883. 

On the afternoon of Decoration Day, 1900, a mighty flood swept 
down Kickapoo. It came as the result of a severe cloud-burst. All 
the low lands along the river were covered, and the water was not far 
distant from Heyworth. Since that time, the river has been known to 
get out of its banks many times. It was a menace to the new hard 
road bridge after it was first completed; a flood having come and 
threatened its destruction. 

A Phenomenon 

In the year of 1869, on August 7, there occurred a phenomenon, 
which was especially rare for this section of the globe. It was a total 
eclipse of the sun. About 4:00 P. M. on that day, darkness began to 
appear. All nature seemed to be in one accord; the birds were singing, 
and the chickens were seeking their roosts as the untimely arrival of 
darkness came. 


It was a rather peculiar circumstance. The eclipse was total for 
several minutes, during which time darkness reigned. Seven minutes 
and forty seconds is the longest possible time an eclipse can be total. 
This eclipse certainly lasted that length of time, according to reports 
which have been made by some of the observers. 


A discussion of local robberies is a seemingly dispensable subject, 
but a few facts concerning them is no doubt of interest to everyone. 
No early record of such events is available. 

In 1912, the postoffice was robbed. 

The Heyworth State Bank has also had a few touches along this 
line. In the fall of 1924, it was robbed by bandits who escaped in an 
automobile. They were later caught in connection with bank rob- 
beries in other central Illinois towns. In the spring of 1925, bandits 
drove into the town one night, took possession of it, cut off all com- 
munication with other neighboring towns, and blew the safe of this 
same bank. Some of the bandits were later identified by the night 
watchman, whom they had overpowered. 

On February 26, 1921, a notorious happening occurred when Willie 
Dalton came to town and was peacefully caught by the village Con- 
stable, Jack Draper. Willie had in his possession $772,000 in bonds, 
with which he had walked away from the Northern Trust Company in 
Chicago, where he was employed as a bank messenger. This incident 
was known to arouse much discussion over the entire country; prob- 
ably more than in Heyworth itself. 

All the large newspapers were flooded with news- about the case. 
The Chicago American stated that the capture of Dalton was due to 
its having a picture of him in their paper, first; that, also being the 
first news of the robbery printed by any paper. The amount stolen, 
set the country on the alert for Willie. 

A Kansas .City paper set forth its opinion on the capture of Dalton, 
and even went so far as to express the possibilities of a rich future for 
some of our citizens who were connected in any way with the capture 
and the reward. 

Early Industries 

Industries always develop in a settlement, soon after it is made. 
It is necessary that industries should thrive in order to provide for the 
up-keep of the camp. Heyworth was rather fortunate in her youth. 

There were several grist mills on Kickapoo near Heyworth. The 
first large mill was put up in Heyworth in 1857, by Coursin & Wilson. 
It was situated west of the railroad and south of Main Street, near the 
place where the lumber yard is now located. Some time later, the 
engine exploded and killed the engineer. The mill burned in 1860. Alex 
Wilson came to Heyworth in 1857, and built the first good dwelling 

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house in town, at a cost of about $3,000. It was located near the present 
site of the J. P. Shelton home. Wilson died in 1862, and Major McFar- 
land later bought the home. Upon the same block, for a long time 
stood the pioneer residence of Capt. George Martin. The cabin was 
removed by McFarland, after he had purchased the lot upon which the 
cabin had stood for thirty years. Capt. Martin was the oldest inhabitant 
of the town. 

In 1868, Dice, Hall & Company built a two story, three-run mill 
at a cost of about $1,800. It stood just east of the railroad and three 
blocks north of Main Street. In 1869, McF'arland bought out Hall's 
interest, and the mill was sold a few years afterward to Ellsworth & 
Mayers. This mill later burned; George Freeman owned it at that time. 
When in operation, the mills kept busy turning out flour, meal, etc. 

In the summer of 1855, O. C. Rutledge bought grain for E. Birney, 
of Leroy. This was the first business of the kind in Heyworth, as 
has been mentioned before. In the spring of 1856, the firm of Elder & 
Rutledge was formed. It continued business until April 1, 1858, when 
it joined with I. VanOrdstrand, and was then known as I. VanOrd- 
strand & Co. During the following summer, Rutledge withdrew from 
the firm, was married, and lived for two years on a farm in Downs 
Township. Then he returned to Heyworth and engaged in the general 
mercantile business with J. C. McFarland. The firm name was McFar- 
land & Rutledge. They continued in partnership till 1865; McFarland 
was in the army three years of this time, when Rutledge sold out his 
interest and again bought an interest in the firm of I. VanOrdstrand & 
Co. In 1872, Elder withdrew from the firm. O. C. Rutledge was the 
oldest resident of Randolph Township at the time of his death. 

I. VanOrdstrand was a very energetic man in the community, being 
deeply interested in educational matters and in the politics of the town' 
and county. The above named firm of I. VanOrdstrand & Co. carried 
on an extensive business which embraced grain, lumber and all the line 
of articles 1 usually going with it — exchange, banking, real estate, loan 
and conveyancing, commission, livestock, etc., and almost anything else 
that the public wished them to undertake. 

Much of the grain was brought in from the east. Trade came from 
the farmers as far distant as LeRoy and Farmers' City, there being no 
railroad in that direction nearer than the Chicago branch of the Illi- 
nois Central. 

VanOrdstrand was in business in this locality before Heyworth 
was thought of. In the first part of the year 1846, he formed a partner- 
ship with H. J. Short and J. W. Low, the firm name being, Short, 
VanOrdstrand & Low. They were located at Short Point, southwest of 
the present village of Heyworth. The following April, Short withdrew 
from the firm, and the firm name became VanOrdstrand & Low. These 
men moved to Independence, and continued in business until February, 
1848. At this time, VanOrdstrand bought out Low, and continued inde- 


pendently until 1850, when his brother, John, took an interest with 
him; the firm name became I. & J. VanOrdstrand. 

In 1856 they sold out to J. C. Frisbee, who moved the business 
to the prospective town (near Spaid's crossing). The following winter 
this place of business was burned. This almost ruined the new town. 
In 1857, VanOrdstrand bought out J. S. & G. T. Barber, and on April 
8, 1858, he consolidated with Elder & Rutledge, as above discussed. 

William H. Wilson & Company was the first to start mercantile 
business here, in 1856. The firm name was soon changed to Coursin & 
Wilson, and continued business for some time till it was sold to McFar- 
land & Company. J. C. McFarland came here in 1857. _^He was one of 
the leading men in business, religious activities, and other activities of 
the town. For three years, he served his country in the Civil War, in 
the Ninety-fourth Regiment as Captain, having organized Company B, 
Illinois Volunteer Infantry on August 5, 1852. Pat Gorman, a grocer 
on the west side at this time, was McFarland'g lieutenant. After re- 
turning home, McFarland held several county offices. 

His first business, before going to war, was that of keeping a gen- 
eral store on the corner where S. A. Martin's drug store now stands. 
In this building he also conducted the postoffice. The building burned 
in 1860. Everything was consumed, including the mails. 

McFarland then built a building across the street north from the 
former store, and continued in trade for a year, when O. C. Rutledge 
went into the firm and continued in business until McFarland returned 
from the army, when Rutledge sold his interest to McFarland, who 
soon sold to Short & Bayless. 

In 1864, S. Hill & Son came from Ohio and engaged in trade, 
In 1866, McFarland went into the firm, which did business as McFar- 
land, Hill & Co. until 1869, when they sold to Brittenham, who moved 
the goods to Monticello. Hill & Son brought on a new stock of goods 
in 1870, which they soon sold to Wise & Co. 

Short & Bayliss, about this time, sold their business to Jefferson 
Moore. Wamsley & Co. opened a store in 1867, and continued in busi- 
ness for ten years, when they sold to Short & Dillon, and they to Samuel 
R. Nickerson. Plummer & Trowbridge commenced in 1874, and after 
a year, Trowbridge sold out. 

E. Witter had the first shoe shop. 

G. M. Delano commenced harness-making in 1857. In 1861, Presi- 
dent Lincoln appointed him Postmaster. 

John Morsman commenced blacksmithing in 1856, but remained 
only eighteen months. After him came Jacob Slagel who continued in 
partnership with John Peters. George Uhrich came from Ohio in 1858, 
and engaged in the blacksmithing trade the next year. 

A. Millmine opened a boot and shoe stock in 1864; two years later, 
N. Low bought him out. 

A. F. Rogers, from LeRoy, put in a stock of drugs and medicines 


in 1865, on the present site of the Schoeffel home. In 1809, he sold 
out to A. Wise, who soon moved the stock away. 

D. A. Abbott ran a drug store here for a few years, until in 1871, 
he moved to Missouri. Soon after this, McFarland & Co. opened a drug 
store and sold out in 1877, to W. D. Gilman, who was later burned out. 
His place of business was located on the site of the Battershell building. 

In 1874, a man by the name of Wallace opened a drug business, and 
continued in this business until the time of his death, two years later. 

J. P. Kinton commenced a grocery trade here in 1860; and his son- 
in-law, J. B. Robertshaw, about the same time, commenced working 
at his trade as carpenter and builder. The latter later engaged in the 
furniture trade and undertaking, in a large building, which stood a block 
east of the present site of Dr. F. L. Wakefield's office. This building 
was also, at a later date, the home of the Heyworth State Bank. 

John Kelley built a hotel in 1856, and a few 3-ears later, sold to John 
Campbell. It was located a few lots north of the present site of the 
Heyworth State Bank. 


In the seventies, the Heyworth Horse Fair and Colt Show orig- 
inated in a dispute between between two neighbors as to who had the 
best colt; but fairs were not held regularly until about 1890. The 
management owned no property, the Wakefields having always donated 
the use of their timber pasture. An amphitheater was erected in 1910. 
At first, only horses and colts were exhibited, but later it included all 
kinds of farm products, also a baby show. It was disbanded in 1923, 
because of lack of funds and public interest. The buildings were razed 
and sold at auction. 


In September, 1879, James C. Wakefield struck natural gas when 
drilling for water on his farm three quarters of a mile south of town. 
It was found at a depth of about two hundred fourteen feet, and had a 
pressure of thirty pounds. He laid six miles of main and had four 
wells. A little later, E. I. Gardner drilled a well across the road from 
Wakefied's well, struck gas, and lessened the flow for Wakefield. 
Wakefield charged $1.25 per month for a cook stove and $1.50 for a heat- 
er, till competition reduced it to $1X0 per month all around. 

About 1899, the Heyworth Natural Gas Company was organized 
with a capital of $25,000. There were seven wells. Of these, four were 
later in use. The company had about ten miles of pipe and supplied 
one hundred twenty-five homes in Heyworth. J. P. Shelton was presi- 
dent and C. C. Brown (east) was manager. 

Temperature below zero and a strong northwest wind lessened the 
flow. Water bothered more or less, until June, 1903, the wells practically 
failed completely. 


Heyworth, at different times or periods has been the possessor of 
a large band. Regular concerts were given during the summer months. 
There have been about four organizations since the town was founded. 
The first one was started about 1878. It disbanded, and in a few years, 
another was formed. Thus the lives of the bands have passed along. 
An attempt is now being made to organize a new band. 


The author has devoted much time in an endeavor to make the 
following table as accurate and complete as possible, although some 
errors may be present. However, it is intended that such may not 
appear. The date given is only the approximate date that the opposite 
named firm was started. It is almost impossible to find the exact dates. 

Auctioneers — George S. Johnson, 1904; I. A. Fullenwider, 1906; 

E. J. Oelze, 1913. 

Bakeries — Charles B. Marker, west side, 1892; Milt Bishop, west 
side, 1907; Mr. Parish, east side, 1909; E. R. King, east side, 1913. 

Blacksmiths and Wagon Makers — Slagel & Peters, west side, 1879; 
A. Kelley, east side, 1879; J. B. Riser, 1905; S. H. Houk, west side, 1907; 
Uhrich & Houk, west side, 1908; O. L. Weaver, west side, 1911; L. L. 
Burchett, east side, 1912; Thomas Gray, east side, 1916; Charles Swear- 
ingen, west side; N. W. Slagel, west side. 

Boots and Shoes — 'Nathan Low, east side, 1870; Nickerson & Swear- 
ingen, west side, 1SS2; J. G. Chadderan, 1882; J. L. Swearingen, 1883; 

F. H. Hill, 1884; A. W. Rogers, west side, 1884; S. Nickerson & Co., 
west side, 1SS4; H. Austin, 1899; S. S. Middleton, east side, 1902; F. A. 
Ball & Co., east side, 1902; F. C. Catterlin, west side, 1907; A. L. 
Graupman, cast side, 1920. 

Butcher Shops— Rutledge & Cunningham, west side, 1879; W. Cun- 
ningham, west side, 1888; Charles Marker, west side, 1892; Ted Iseman, 
east side, 1894; Charles Schoeffel, east side, 1898; Schoeffel & Smith, 
east side, 1899; Charles Schoeffel, west side, 1906; Smith Bros., east side, 
1899; Clark Bros., east side, 1899; Edwin Clark, east side, 1912; W. H. 
Bell, east side, 1917. 

Carpenters — Hooten & Stephenson, James Robertshaw, Joseph 
Phinney, John Coveny, Wood Potts, James Tucker, George Stevenson, 
Joseph Buchanan, Jack Gibbons, William Lutz, John Sargent, Charles 
Lake, Alfred Ducker, Harry Prosser, Alex Jensen, E. O. Washburn, 
Frank Yocum, Richard Short, Adelbert McHugh. 

Concrete Contractors and Brick Masons — John Givens, 1910; J. A. 
VanValey; L. B. Allen, 1910; Allen & Casey; William Reed, 1917; M. 
E. Adams, 1918; E. F. Wright, 1924; M. W. Wamsley; Richard Short. 

Doctors (Physicians and Surgeons) — Harrison Noble, 1850; R. G. 


Laughlin, 1870; Dr. Lindlcy, 1872; D. H. McFarland, 1851; William L. 
Pollock; H. J. Birney, 1885; F. L. Wakefield, 1S90; Frank Turner, 1893; 
Bard Wakefield, 1908. 

Dentists— Horace Austin, 1875; F. W. Day, 1904; G. G. Garrison, 
1913; Dr. Gue, 1915; C. L. Staplcton. 

Osteopaths— Warren E. Atkins, 1913; I. A. Cruickshank, 1922. 

Veterinarians — Dr. Croxcn, west side, 1910; L. H. Morin, west side, 
1910; E. T. Gambrel, west side, 1913; George H. Hunt, west side, 1917; 
L. W. Swindlehurst, east side, 1921. 

Drug Stores— Will D. Gilman, east side, 1879; F. H. Hill, east side, 
1879; J. P. Shelton, east side, 1884; Hugh Robb, west side, 1892; S. A. 
Martin, east side, 1912; Lanier Robb, west side, 1912. 

Dry Goods and Clothing — E. D. Plummer, east side, 1879; Nicker- 
son & Swearingen, west side, 1882; A. W. Rogers, east side, 1884; S. 
Nickerson & Co., east side, 1884; H. D. Cogswell & Co., 1888; S. S. 
Middleton, east side, 1902; A. W. Huffman, east side, 1904; Middleton 
& Catterlin, west side, 1905; C. E. Kocher, 1905; F. C. Catterlin, west 
side, 1907; J. R. Andes, west side, 1911; C. F. Ball, east side, 1919; J. O. 
Bell, east side, 1924. 

Factories (Cigar) — Bert Kitchell, west side; Mr. Anderson, west 
side, 1896; Charles B. Marker, west side, 1896. 

(Hay Press) — William Philbrook, west side, 1866. 

(Brick Factory)— East side, 1898. 

Flour, Meal, Feed, etc.— McFarland & Dice, 1870; Charles Ream, 
west side, 1907; F. L. Ewert & Son, west side, 1924; E. S. Washburn, 
east side, 1902. 

Furniture Stores — J. B. Robertshaw, east side, 18179; Scott Broth- 
ers, 1899; C. K. Robertshaw, east side, 1892; T. W. Iseminger east side, 
1902; J. D. Greenlee, east side, 1909. 

Garages — Claflin Bros., west side, 1905; O. L. Weaver, west side, 
1911; L. A. Walker, west side, 1913; R. E. Bishop, west side, 1915| F. 
L. Ewert, west side, 1918; N. E. Givens, west side, 1919; Ewert & Zim- 
merlin, west side, 1921; L. B. Allen, west side, 1921. 

General Merchants— J. P. Kenton & Son, east side, 1870; J. Wash- 
burn, 1870; Rutledge & Battershell, east side, 1879; W. W. Elder & Co., 
west side, 1879; S. Nickerson, west side, 1879; A. F. Rogers & Co., west 
side, 1879; T. F. Gardenhire, west side, 1882; W. S. Ellsworth, west 
side, 1882; Ross & Labar, 1882; J. B. Rutledge, east side, 1882; String- 
field & Co. west side 1884; J. L. Davis, west side, 1886, G. H. String- 
field, west side, 1888; J. J. Hancock, west side, 1888; McComb & John- 
son, west side, 188S; O. M. Ross, east side, 1888; J. B. Robertshaw, east 
side, 1888; Stockdale, & Jeters, west side, 1893; Grant Bishop, east side, 
1892; Thery & Harvey, west side, 1892; J. E. Smith, east side, 1899; A. 
W. Huffman, east side, 1902; F. A. Ball, east side 1902; E. S. Washburn, 
east side, 1902; G. G. Covey, east side, 1904; Washburn & Powell, east 
side, 1904; L. T. Rutledge, east side, 1905; Middleton & Catterlin, west 


side, 1906; S. S. Middleton, east side, 1907; Andes & Stockdale, west 
side, 1913; F. C. Catterlin. west side, 1914; J. C. Stockdale & Son, 
west side, 1915; J. A. Benton, west side, 1915; J. H. Stewart, west side, 
1917; W. H. Bell & Son, east side, 1917. 

Grain and Coal — Isaac Yanordstrand & Co., west side, 1870'; J. L. 
Pumphrey, west side, 1896; Brining Bros., west side, 1896; Hazenwinkle 
Grain Co., west side; C. H. Russum, west side, 1S92; A. H. Hill Lumber 
Co., west side, 1902; Charles Ream, east side, 1907; Alexander Lumber 
Co., west side, 1912; Allen & Casey, west side, 1913; Harrison-Ward 
Grain Co. east side, burned, August 6, 1919; Farmers Grain Co., west 
side, 1921; Hollis & Pierson, west side, 1921. 

Hardware & Implement— J. H. C. Dill, east side, 1870; S. Mann, 
1879; Brown & Stockdale, east side, 1882; S. D. Mitchell, 1884; G. H. 
Stringfield, 1888; McFarland & Son, 188S; Brown & Greenlee, 1889; 
John W. Bishop, 1899; J. D. Greenlee, east side, 1902; J. L. McComb & 
Sons, 1902; McComb Brothers, 1904; W. H. McComb, west side; R. C. 
Mayland, east side, 1916; O. E. Ayers, east side, 1917; H. Zimmerlin, 
west side, 1921; R. H. Wiseman, west side, 1923. 

Harness Shops— William Shannon, 1870; J. C. Short, 1882; Shannon 
& Zoll, west side, 1885; Shannon & Fullenwider, west side, 1892; John 
W. Bishop, 1899; Joel Williams, east side, 1899; Williams & Graupman, 
east side, 1904; A. L. Graupman, east side, 1919. 

Hotels— Isaiah Chandler, east side, 1870; D. Campbell, east side, 
1879; Hotel Edgar (Mrs. Ella Farley), east side, 1892; Jack Gibbons, 
east side; Raymond Hotel, east side, 1905; Lafferty Hotel, west side, 

Jewelers— N. J. Battershell, east side, 1877; Morris Mathus, west 
side, 1912; Squire Thery, west side, 1913; Sidney Stocking, west side, 

Law— O. R. Middleton, 1912. 

Livery Service— B. F. Nickerson, west side, 1885; Robert Van Horn, 
east side; G. A. Nickerson, west side, 1909; Claflin Bros., west side. 
1906; William Gladden, west side, 1910; C. M. Borders, west side, 
1912; J. C. & R. O. Daniels, west side, 1915; Van Horn Bros, west side, 

Lumber Yards— Wakefield & Greenlee, west side; Washburn, Robb 
& West (saw mill), west side, 1877; Greenlee Bros., west side, 1898; 
A. H. Hill Lumber Company, west side, 1902; Alexander Lumber Com- 
pany, west side, 19C6. 

Millinery— Miss Martin, 1879; Mrs. Shannon, 1879; Miss Buck, 
1879; Mrs. E. J. Bronaugh, 1884; Mrs. M. E. Tanner, 1885; Miss Etta 
Moore, east side, 1889; Mrs. N. M. Vandervoort, 1892; Mrs. L. T. Rut- 
ledge, east side. 1905, Mrs. Bertha Rogers, west side, 1909; Willis & 
Ball, east side, 1919. 

Picture Galleries — McCoy, west side; Bert Kitchell, west side, 1893; 
Waggoner, west side, 1898; Lee Summers, west side, 1900. 


Painters and Paper Hangers — Jacob Marker, Jacob Bentley, John 
S. Noble, R. G. Brown, O. G. Hayes, J. D. Van Valey, Donald Cruick- 
shank, J. E. Burwcll, Ilarlin Shinn, Bruce Shannon, Fred Ewing, 
Filey VanValey, Harry Moffett A. D. Liscom. 

Real Estate and Insurance — M. A. Gifford, Logan Perry, J. S. Albin, 
J. P. Shelton, C. H. Russum, L. T. Rutledge, C. C. Brown (west), A. C. 
Lake, O. R. Nickerson. 

Restaurants and Lunch Rooms — William Lafferty, east side, 1880; 
Guilbert Wright, east side, 1881; E. E. Phinney, east side, 189(3; A. S. 
VanValey, west side, 1885; J. L. Davis, west side, 1886; Horace Clark, 
west side, 1891; Charles Mraker, west side, 1892; Morrisy Britain, west 
side, 1896; Elmer Washburn, east side, 1898; J. C. Halsey, west side, 
1899; J. R. Washburn, west side, 1906; Cowden Bros., west side, 1905; 
Louis Walker, west side, 1905; Claflin Bros., west side, 1906; Lester 
Fitchorn, west side, 1906; Milt Bishop, west side, 1907; Earl Brooker, 
west side, 1909; Earl Miller, west side, 1910; J. H. Humes, west side, 
1910; Fred Leasure, east side, 1910; Edward Delano, east side, 1911; 
G. H. Turner, east side, 1913; Lewis Bishop, east side, 1916; Robert 
Whitney, east side, 1915; C. E. Andrews, east side, 1917; B. C. Maze, 
east side, 1919; J. G. Stevens, east side, 1921; Donald Cruickshank, 
east side, 1924; Rex Edwards, east side, 1925, O. L. Jones, east side, 

Shoe Repairmen — J. G. Chadderan, 1882; E. E. Phinney, west side, 
1885; Gilbert Wright, east side, 1892; G. A. Maris, west side, 1913; A. L. 
Graupman, east side, 1922. 

Stock Buyers— J. M. Liscom, 1885; C. A. Craig & Sons, 1885; Zim- 
merlin & Riddle, 1911; Freeman & Zimmerlin, 1912; Heyworth Shipping 

Tailor— D. D. Dunseth, 1879. 

Tonsorial Parlors — Benny, west side, 1876; Victor James (colored), 
west side, 1886; William Hill (colored), west side, 1887; Fred Resting, 
west side, 1889; Robert Lake, west side, 1892; Charley Farley, west side, 
1892; John Craig, west side, 1905; Kocher Bros. (Ed. and Ted), east 
side, 1903; Mr. and Mrs. Green, east side, 1910; J. C. Dodds, west side, 
1915; P. T. Brannan, east side, 1916; Charley Clark, east side, 1923; 
George Ruble, east side, 1923; Fred Ensminger, west side, 1925. 

Undertakers — J. B. Robertshaw, east side, 1879; C. K. Robertshaw, 
east side, 1892; Scott Brothers, 1899; T. W. Iseminger, east side, 1902. 

Variety Stores— I. A. Fullenwider, 1907; C. S. Ells, east side, 1917. 




The automobile made it first appearance in Heyworth in the early 
days of the Twentieth Century. The first automobile in Heyworth was 
an "Olds", and was owned by J. P. Shelton. This car was gasoline 
driven. It was purchased in about the year of 1902. It resembled a 
horseless buggy, and was a terror to persons having horse-drawn vehi- 

W. A. Bailey moved here in 1907, and brought a "Locomobile" 
steamer with him. 

N. YV. Slagel soon afterward purchased a car of the same make. 

Under the Sixty-million-dollar Bond Issue of 1922, the hard road 
was constructed through Heyworth. The first step taken was the ap- 
pointment of a commission, which appraised the land to be used for the 
road. A special election was then held; the purpose being to vote bonds 
for the obtaining of the right-of-way. The bonds were issued and sold 
to the Heyworth State Bank, the amount being $6,500. Damages turned 
in by the people along the new road ranged from $25 to $1,000, in 
amount. The road between Heyworth and Bloomington was open for 
travel in the fall of 1924. As yet, the road is not completed all the 
way between Heyworth and Clinton, a gap being left between Wapella 
and Clinton. This is better known as "the Clinton Gap." This particular 
strip of land has been the subject of dispute for a considerable length 
of time. This gap affords much displeasure for tourists going by this 

There has, of late, been a proposal for the construction of another 
hard road through Heyworth. If the plan carries, the road will run 
between Leroy, through Heyworth, and thence to McLean. 

On Thanksgiving Day, 1920, the first train passed over the new 
double track from Heyworth to Clinton, this being the northern end of 
the I. C. yards with headquarters at Clinton. 

Light and Power 

In the early years of the present century, the Heyworth Electric 
Light Company was founded in Heyworth. The plant was located here 
and was owned by the town. Lynn Pumphrey was the manager. 
Only night service was rendered, and then, only for lighting purposes. 
At a later time, Charles Crump took the position as manager, and con- 
tinued in this capacity for some time. He sold out in 1907 to G. W. 
Powell, who continues in the business. The current was furnished by 
the local plant, until soon after the construction of the interurban line 
through here; then the stronger current of the I. T. S. was used. 

In the latter part of the nineties, the Heyworth telephone system 


was formed. This was one of the most beneficial steps made toward 
modernizing the communication facilities of the vicinit}'. The long 
distances were shortened immensely. Dr. F. L. Wakefield was respon- 
sible for the new project. Realizing its welcome adoption by the farm- 
ers living a considerable distance from town, and also its necessity, he 
engaged J. A. VanNess and other helpers to construct the new line. 
It was built straight east of the village, branching off at points several 
miles from town. One branch went to the Walter Nichols home, about 
five miles east and one mile north; the other went to South Downs, six 
miles east and one mile south of Heyworth. There were only three 
phones on the line, and those were at the two above named points and 
at Arthur Johnson's home, about four miles east of town. Signs were 
put out, advertising these phone stations as being accessible to the 
public in times of emergency. The exchange was located in Dr. Wake- 
field's office. Later, he sold the business to Henry Fitchorn. The Hey- 
worth Telephone Exchange was granted a franchise on April 4, 1904. 

A Farmers' Telephone Line had also been built west and south of 
town at an earlier date. The exchange was located in the Robb Drug 
Store. The company was granted a franchise by the village board in 
June, 1905. This line has been dispensed with in the last few years, 
and is superseded by the Baker Telephone System which is now known 
as the Corn Belt Telephone System. This new firm name was adopted 
in the fall of 1925. This system includes the systems of the surrounding 
towns of McLean, Atlanta, Armington, Leroy, and Bellflower. 

As far back as 1882, Heyworth had telephone connections with 
Bloomington, Wapella, and Clinton. 


The Miller Hatchery is a comparatively young institution, but it 
has steadily grown thus far. It has been in operation for several years, 
increasing in capacity each year. This year's capacity makes it the 
second largest in the world, being 376,000 eggs per setting. Total for 
season, 1,880,000. This will bring off 11,000 chicks per day. Three 
hundred twenty cases of eggs per week are required to make a full 
setting. Such an industry in our vicinity serves as a useful market for 
the farmers having purebred chickens, to dispose of the eggs at prices 
above market price. 

Seed Company 

The work of the Purkey Seed Company started in 1923. It occupied 
the rooms on the second floor of the Greenlee building. The testing 
capacity was about twenty-five bushels per day. Later on, a commodi- 
ous building was erected in the southwest part of town, the cost being 
approximately $20,000. In December, 1925, work was begun in the 
new home. The testing capacity is fifty bushels per day. The storage 
capacity is ten thousand bushels. Eight men are employed regularly in 


the testing season. Farmers are finding this new business to be a useful 
concern in the selection of seed of various kinds, and in having it 
tested for disease, strength, and purity. 

Community Hall 

The greater number of buildings located on Main Street at the 
present time, were erected since 1900. 

One noticeable structure is the Community Hall which was erected 
in 1914. Numerous other buildings, as has just been mentioned, to- 
gether with the hall, make ours a town of practically all substantial 


Some of the older residents of this tiny world of the Heyworth, 
situated on the face of the "big world," say that the true world is getting 
worse. This view of the times may be partly correct; however, the world 
may also be viewed from other more prominent angles. 

Some of these views are commnly little pondered over or thought 
about by the average citizen, because of their everyday appearance and 
commonness in our daily life. In this class, such factors as the automo- 
bile, hard road, radio, air mail service, and new community schools, 
may be placed. 

In the earlier days of the older citizens, a trip to Bloomington 
required about two hours, either going or coming. Now it is quite the 
opposite; by the convenience of the automobile and hard road, or the 
interurban, the journey is reduced to a brief jaunt of thirty minutes 
pleasant duration. Even the radio and air mail service render life more 
pleasant by their seeming shortening of distance. They bring "every- 
where" right to our door. 

The new community high schools are meccas for large bodies of 
knowledge-seekers, striving to quench their thirst at the fountain of 
Education. These finely equipped buildings were preceded by struc- 
tures not having such inviting and thorough courses. 

Times are no worse than they ever were, and our forefathers fail 
to realize that a steady movement forward is necessary to build up such 
a center as Heyworth. 

If progress is made in the future in the same ratio as in the past 
quarter of a century, Heyworth has a vast opportunity for expansion 
and growth. City people are seeking homes in more quiet surroundings 
in small towns. The desire is that of getting out into the open. Hey- 
worth has the advantage of this freedom of life. Its future is open. 


Warner & Beers, Chicago — 1874, "Atlas of McLean County and 
the State of Illinois." 

Duis, Dr. E., Bloomington — 1874, "Good Old Times in McLean 

LeBaron, Jr., William, and Company, Chicago — 1879, "History of 
McLean County, Illinois." 

Chapman Bros., Chicago — Copyrighted, 1885, "McLean County, 
Illinois, Portrait and Biographical Album." 

"Transactions of the McLean County Historical Society — and — 
School Record of McLean County with other Papers," Bloomington', 
Illinois. Vol. 11—1903, pages 100-193. 

Munsell Publishing Company, Chicago, Vol. I and II — 1908, "His- 
torical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McLean County." 

Hasbrouck, Jacob L., Indianapolis-Topeka — 1924, Vol. I. "History 
of McLean County, Illinois." 

Early newspapers: The Weekly Standard, The Hey worth Reporter, 
and The Heyworth Natural Gas. 

Personal interviews with elderly citizens. 



Class of 1878 

Members — Delia McCorkle, George D. Chadderan (deceased), Jodie 
Dill (deceased), Lyon Karr, Orvil J. Rodgers. 
Teachers— A. M. Scott, T. H. Zimmer (1879). 

Class of 1880 

Members— Jennie Cresswell (deceased), Anna M. Logan (Mrs. 
Anna Longworth), Mary J. Peairs, Mary J. Rolofson (Mrs. Robert 
Lyle), Minnie Wakefield (Mrs. B. A. Stewart), Charles C. Brown, Por- 
ter T. Wakefield. 

Teacher — George II. Beatty. 

Class of 1882 

Members — Ed. McFarland, Harry M. Robertshaw. 
Teachers— George H. Beatty, G. F. Miner (1883). 

Class of 1884 
Members — Lulu Kelley (Mrs. James Rehker, deceased), Jessie 
Hanna (Mrs. Jessie Adams), Katy Brady, Nonie Stevenson (Mrs. O. 
B. Balch), S. E. Low, F. L. Wakefield. 
Teacher — F. M. McMurry. 

Class of 1885 
Member — Mary Buck (Mrs. Pinniwell). 
Teacher — F. M. McMurry. 


Class of 1886 

Members — Mary Boyd, Lizzie Fullenwider (Mrs. Maloney, de- 
ceased), Jennie Wakefield (Mrs. Frank Gault), Herman E. McFar- 
land (deceased). 

Teacher — A. O. Rnpp. 

Class of 1S87 

Members — Rosa Hancock (deseased), Clara Martnf (Mrs. Clara 
Osbron), Iris Ryburn (Mrs. F. L. Wakefield, deceased), Alma Thery 
(Mrs. John Ross). 

Teacher — E. B. Smith. 

Class of 1888 
Members — Ora Boyd (Mrs. Frank Ryburn), Ollie Buchanan (Mrs. 
Ira White), Mamie Karr (Mrs. Mary McDowell), Flora Oliver (Mrs. 
Howard Baldwin), Mary Uhrich, Mark Wakefield (Mrs. J. P. Noble). 
Teacher — C. P. Coe. 

Class of 1889 
Members — Gertie Hooton, Addie Oliver (Mrs. Curtis), Belle Ross 
(Mrs. Robey), John W. Funk. 
Teacher — H. McCarrel. 

Class of 1890 

Member — Cora Livingston. 
Teacher — O. J. Condon. 

Class of 1891 
Members— Dell Kitchell, Grace A. Gault (Mrs. Walter Nichols), 
Adelle Hooton. 

Teacher — F. H. Lorimer. 

Class of 1892 
Members— Charles A. Ryburn, Frank Karr, Sanford Martin, Harry 

Teacher — F. H. Lorimer. 

Class of 1894 
Members— Lyman Sturgeon, Anna Surgeon (Mrs. Fred A. Clark), 
Lizzie Leeper, Myrtle Hill (Mrs. C. D. Williamson), Beaman McComb 
(deceased), Georgia A. Bishop (Mrs. Joseph Iden), Lucy Plummcr 
(Mrs. Beaman McComb), Mary Rutledge. 
Teacher — George H. Gaston. 

Class of 1895 

Members— Grace B. Coveny (Mrs. J. Alf VanNess), Nellie Wilcox 
(Mrs. Roy Hoyt), Lelia Potts (Mrs. L. T. Rutledge), Emma L. Rankin, 
Mildred Livingston (deceased), Alza McComb (Mrs. George McClure), 
Caddie Oliver (Mrs. J. L. Davis), Maud Vandervoort (Mrs. Maud 

Teacher— G. W. Winchell.. 


Class of 1896 
Member — Mary Law (Mrs. William Craig). 
Teacher — G. W. Winchell. 

Class of 1897 
Members — Gertie Houston, Pearl Nickerson (Mrs. S. L. Reader), 
Dora Vanordstrand (Mrs. Frank Karr). 

Teachers — G. W. Winchell, Charles A. Ryburn. 

Class of 1898 
Members — Mae Pipenger (Mrs. E. C. Cavanaugh, deceased), Edith 
Bell (Mrs. John Perry), Daisy Willis, Fern A. Hill (Mrs. Fern Downy), 
Delia V. Potts (Mrs. A. D. Liscom), Tressie Robertshaw (Mrs. Floyd 
Rutledge), Vivian Clark (Mrs. Harry Willis), Virginia Turner (Mrs. 
Charles Lafferty), L. B. Allen. 

Teacher— Charles A. Ryburn (1897-1899). 

Class of 1900 

Members— Dale Lott (Mrs. Dale Flower), Ray Hill, Ora Bishop 
(Mrs. Ira Nelson). 

Teacher — O. J. Condon 

Class of 1901 

Members — Myrtle Potts (Mrs. G. G. Covey), Homer Johnson, Bard 

Teacher — O. J. Condon. 

Class of 1902 

Members — Effie M. Delano, Myrtle M. Beck (Mrs. Gus Zimmer- 
lin), Charles E. Washburn, Nella F. Passwaters (Mrs. Roy Hollis), 
Mable Wakefield (Mrs. Roy Potts), Mattie E. Spaid (Mrs. Neils 

Teacher — C. C. Colwell. 

Class of 1903 

Members — Dean L. Johnson, Bessie Passwaters (Mrs. Frank 
Givens), Roy Potts, Lanier Robb, Ralph E. Jones. 
Teacher — C. J. Fesler. 

Class of 1904 

Members — Ed. Delano, Theron Spaid, Myrtle Nickerson (Mrs. Fred 

Teacher — C. J. Fesler. 

Class of 1905 

Members — Ethel Farley (Mrs. Dean Johnson), Mabel Marvin (Mrs. 
Leslie Sarver). 

Teacher — A. C. Hall. 

Class of 1906 
Members — Mary M. Fulton (Mrs. W. E. Collier), Alma Washburn 
(Mrs. C. A. Downs), Herman Weishaar. 
Teachers — A. C. Hall, Norma Proctor, 


Class of 1907 

Members — 'Harry Marker, Delia Wamsley, Pearl Evans (Mrs 1 . Perl 

Teacher — A. C. Hall, Princiapl; Norma Proctor, Asssitant. 

Class of 1908 

Members — Walter Quinton, Ray Middleton. 

Teachers — W. P. Miller, Superintendent; Jessie R. Chapman, Prin- 


Class of 1909 

Members — Russell McComb, Ethel Hayes, Elmer Jensen, Ruth Ross 
(Mrs. Ruth Smallwood). 

Teachers — W. P. Miller, Superintendent; W. H. Kummer, Prin- 
cipal; Alpha Myers, Assistant Principal. 

Class of 1910 

Members — Ruth Fulton (Mrs. Floyd Thomas), May Coone, Beulah 
Stock-dale (Mrs. L. B. Allen), Bertha Wakefield (Mrs. Harvey Mos- 
toller, Harrold Brown. 

Teachers — W. H. Kummer, Superintendent; Mary Marquis, Prin- 
cipal ; Elise Jenny. 

Class of 1911 

Members — Roy Ball, Merle Catterlin, Nellie Halsey (Mrs. E. T. 
Grambrel), Leah Oldham (Mrs. Seth Weed), Gladys Powell (Mrs. 
Elmer Jensen), Paul Turner. 

Teachers — O. D. Rider, Superintendent; Alpha Myers, Principal; 
Elise Jenny, Assistant Principal. 

Class of 1912 

Members — Tressie Bishop (Mrs. Claire McElheney), Marie Cusey 
(Mrs. Wesley Holforty), Sadie Washburn (Mrs. Sadie Heinig), Loren 
Greenlee, Wesley Holforty. 

Teachers — Claude L. McCabe, Superintendent; Alpha Myers, Clara 

Class of 1913. 

Members — Bess Catterlin (Mrs. Paul Turner), Esther Lake, Susie 
Tory (Mrs. Harrison Myers), Jessie Hayes (Mrs. Chester Vanhorn), 
Marie Wakefield, Frank Sniff. 

Teachers— L. R. Blohm, Superintendent; Ethel Harpole, Mary 

Class of 1914 

Members— Yuma Ross, Hazel Ryburn, Robert Washburn, Thomas 

Teachers— L. R. Blohm, Superintendent; Edith M. Cox, Principal; 
Mary Bell, Assistant Principal, 


Class of 1915 

Members — Fern Andrews, Nile Albin (Mrs. John Jordan), Alpha 
Givens (Mrs. Alpha Radcliffe), Faye Givens (Mrs. Andrus Dunbar), 
Prentice Holforty (Mrs. Roy Pierson), Marian Nichols (Mrs. Fred 
Sutter), Verna Vandervoort (Mrs. Forest Dryer), Lorene Weishaar 
(Mrs. Logan Powell), James McComb, Hobart Quinton, Glenn Van- 

Teachers — Leonidas' Harr, Superintendent; Lois White, Principal; 
Olive Blevins, Assistant. 

Class of 1916 

Members — Irene Ball (Mrs. Lee Moneymaker), Lois Bayless (Mrs. 
Earl Jeffries), Logan Powell, Gerald Brown, Opha Catterlin (Mrs. 
Earl Short), James Swearingen, Marie Vanhorn (Mrs. Courtney Stock- 
dale), Marian Wagner, Maurice Wakefield (deceased), Lorraine Busick. 

Teachers — Leonidas Harr, Superintendent; Lois White, Principal; 
Olive Blevins. 

Class of 1917 

Members — Opal Brown (Mrs. Opal Fielder), Joyce Givens (Mrs. 
Joyce Fanning), Mabel Graham (Mrs. Marshall Brock), Fern Vanhorn, 
Fannie Weed. 

Teachers — Roy Schofield, Superintendent; Mildred Bond, Principal, 
Olive Blevins. 

Class of 1918 

Members — Lewis Turner, Floyd Adams, Fern Ayers (Mrs. Joseph 
Scott), Viola Ball (Mrs. Earl Halsey), Noble Bishop, Ida Botkin (Mrs. 
Edward Fey), Leota Givens (Mrs. Park Powell), Alary Graham, Anna 
Masters (Mrs. Anna Wilburn), Dorothy Oldham (Mrs. E. C. Ent), 
Laura Ryburn, Leonard Slagel, Florence Stevens (Mrs. James Down- 
ing), Anita Willis (Mrs. C. F. Ball), Moss Rogers (Mrs. Grant 

Teachers — Leroy Hooker, Superintendent; Bertha Morris, Prin- 
cipal; Eva B. Meyer. 

Class of 1919 

Members — Anna Ross (Mrs. Paul Huebschmann), Janice Shelton 
(Mrs. Noble Bishop), Joseph Scott, Florence Ayers (Mrs. Robert Nich- 
ols,) Fred Brown, William Craig, Alice Dorrell (Mrs. Earl Bell), Ora 
Graham (Mrs. Carl Burton), Florence Noble (Mrs, Fred Ensminger), 
Glenn Williams). 

Teachers — P. M. Hoke, Superintendent; Bertha Morris, Principal; 
Eva B. Meyer. 

Class of 1920 

Members — Mary Bell (Mrs. Jacob Stahl), Paul Boljn, Helen 
Nichols, Blanche Pryor (Mrs. Floyd Leggett), Emmett Rutledge, 
Clifford Stewart, Helen Sutter (Mrs. Homer Bethel), Paul Vandervoort, 


Robert Vandervoort, Iva Burchett (Mrs. Wilfred Lighthall) Keith Bur- 

Teachers— P. M. Hoke, Superintendent; Bertha Morris, Principal; 
Marie Wakefield, Sadie Benjamin. 

Class of 1921 
Members— Bernadine Ayers, Pearl Bell (Mrs. Guy Hieronymous), 
Annette Cruickshank, Alice Cunningham (Mrs. Byrl Hickman), Madge 
Iseminger, Lucile Jensen (Mrs. Olaf Herrington), Cora Scott (Mrs. 
Cora Heller), Irene Sniff, William Turner, Ruth Terwilliger, Cleo 
Enlows (Mrs. James Towsley). 

Teachers — P. M. Hoke, Bertha Morris, Marie Wakefield, Sadie 
Benjamin, Mabel Richey. 

Class of 1922 
Members— Madelyne Adams, Louis Burwell, Darrel Clark, Minnette 
Cruickshank (Mrs. E. R. King), Glenn Dodds, Bonita Graves (Mrs. 
Walter Jordan), Raymond Hoke, Agnes Jensen, Mabel Masters (Mrs. 
Earl Peasley), Wilma McClure, Frances Minton, Dwight Powell, Les- 
lie Ryburn, Goldie Sweckard, Bonnie Sutter, Delton Powell, Genevra 
Brown Smith. 

Teachers— P. M. Hoke, Bertha Morris, Irma Schoeder, Darwin 
Simpson, S. N. Nalbach, Mabel Richey. 

Class of 1923 
Members — Lloyd Wakefield, Nannie Coomer, Grace Hoke, Pauline 
Kelley (Mrs. Irvin Halsey), Carta Kiley, Gertrude Leggett, Cleo Mc- 
Clure (Mrs. Paul Halsey), Marian Slagel, Lillian Smith (Mrs. Lillian 
Olson), Lorene Washburn, Sula Wallen, Alberta Nelson John Curtin. 

Teachers— P. M. Hoke, Bertha Morris, Irma Schroeder, Darwin D. 
Simpson, S. N. Nalbach, Frances Shotwell, Hazel Ryburn. 

Class of 1924 
Members— David Maris, Lyle Smith, Iris Fulton, Lena Maxwell, 
Carroll Masters, Virgil Rust, Roscoe Washburn (deceased), Opal 
Fitchorn, Delmar Dowell, Donald Stapleton, Cecil Walden, Ada Arte- 
man, Iliff Dorrell. 

Teachers— S. N. Nalbach, Hazel Ryburn, Pauline Powell, Frances 
Wood, Darwin D. Simpson, Lewis M. Turner, Frances Shotwell. 

Class of 1925 
Members — Julian Liscom, Bernadine Kelley, Ethelyne Hougham, 
Buell Hollis, Vernon Bolton, Glenn Nelson, Worley Wilson, Charles 
Williams, Russell Ewert, Albert Bailey, George Maris, Cladys Wil- 
liams, Fern Downs, Marjorie Nichols, Evelyne Sweckard, Warren Ise- 
minger, Mayme Made (Mrs. Arthur Lush), Verna Wakefield, Irene 
Terwilliger, Kenneth Fogler, Hubert Tory, Frances Cruickshank, Le- 
land Armstrong. 

Teachers— S. N. Nalbach, Hazel Ryburn, Pauline Powell, Frances 
Wood, Darwin D. Simpson Lloyd L. Ramseyer, Frances Shotwell. 

Class of 1926 

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The following are some items concerning Randolph Township: 

1. It was formed in 1858. 

2. It sent the first supervisor to the county seat, Bloomington, on 
May 17, 1858. 

3. It is Twp. 22 N., R. 2 E., and part of Twp. 21 N., R. 2 E. of the 
3rd Principal Meridian. 

4. It has part of the north tier of sections in Township 2, which 
were taken by McLean County between 1844 and 1849, instead of giving 
them back to DeWitt County, when it was formed. 

5. It is 6 x 8 instead of 6 x 6. 

6. It is bounded by the following townships: on the east by 
Downs, on the north by Bloomington, on the west by Funk's Grove, 
and on the south by Wapella, in DeWitt County. 

7. It is in the 26th Senatorial District. 

8. It is the 17th Congressional District. 

9. It had 38 miles of oiled roads in 1925. 

10. It will have about 40 miles of oiled roads in 1926. 

11. It is the possessor of rich beds of gravel. 

12. It is thinking of the possibility of sometime graveling its roads 
instead of oiling them. 

13. It has the following officers: 

Supervisor — Dr. F. L. Wakefield. 
Justice of the Peace — A. McHugh. 
Town Clerk — C. C. Brown (west). 
Assessor — Charles Smith. 
Constable — James Christopher. 
Road Commissioner — J. A. Fletcher. 
14. It has a population of 1978. 


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